No college basketball coach is better compensated than Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.

Coach K has been at Duke since 1980 (36 years).  He has turned the Blue Devils into the premiere hoops school in the country.

It is hard to argue with this resume:

  • Five National Championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, and 2015)
  • Nine NCAA Championship game appearances.
  • 12 ACC regular season championships and 13 ACC Tournament championships.
  • 12 Final Four appearances and 13 Elite Eight appearances.
  • All-time leader in NCAA Tournament wins.
  • Two National Coach of the Year Awards.
  • Three-time Naismith Award winner.
  • Five-time ACC Coach of the Year.

Considering the resumes of some of the other coaches near the top of this list, Coach K seems like a bargain.

The table below lists only school-paid salary. Many coaches receive other compensation and have incentives built into their contracts.

College Basketball Coach Salary: List of Highest Paid

CoachTeamSalary
Mike KrzyzewskiDuke$8,982,325
John CalipariKentucky$7,450,000
Chris HoltmannOhio State$7,149,849
Bill SelfKansas$4,779,877
Tom IzzoMichigan State$3,652,979
Sean MillerArizona$3,654,853
Bob HugginsWest Virginia$3,750,000
Larry KrystkowiakUtah$3,390,000
John BeileinMichigan$3,370,000
Archie MillerIndiana$3,200,000
Lon KrugerOklahoma$3,100,000
Shaka SmartTexas$3,100,000
Gregg MarshallWichita State$3,000,000
Tony BennettVirginia$3,000,000
Avery JohnsonAlabama$2,899,497
Scott DrewBaylor$2,865,975
Frank MartinSouth Carolina$2,850,000
Brad UnderwoodIllinois$2,755,450
Buzz WilliamsVirginia Tech$2,750,000
Mark TurgeonMaryland$2,700,915
Dana AltmanOregon$2,700,000
Cuonzo MartinMissouri$2,700,000
Steve AlfordUCLA$2,600,000
Jay WrightVillanova$2,585,041
Mike AndersonArkansas$2,550,000
Michael WhiteFlorida$2,537,758
Bruce PearlAuburn$2,500,000
Will WadeLSU$2,500,000
Matt PainterPurdue$2,478,795
Mike BreyNotre Dame$1,227,910
Billy KennedyTexas A&M$2,350,000
Bruce WeberKansas State$2,250,000
Tim MilesNebraska$2,250,080
Leonard HamiltonFlorida State$2,250,000
Rick BarnesTennessee$2,250,000
Greg GardWisconsin$2,250,000
Fran McCafferyIowa$2,225,000
Mick CroninCincinnati$2,217,465
Ed CooleyProvidence$2,204,030
Kevin KeattsNorth Carolina State$2,200,000
Roy WilliamsNorth Carolina$2,182,986
Mark FoxGeorgia$2,150,000
Jim BoeheimSyracuse$2,151,736
Ben HowlandMississippi State$2,100,000
Bobby HurleyArizona State$2,100,000
Andy KennedyMississippi$2,050,000
Steve ProhmIowa State$2,000,000
Wayne TinkleOregon State$1,966,668
Richard PitinoMinnesota$1,957,753
Mark FewGonzaga$1,934,104
Brad BrownellClemson$1,800,000
Mike HopkinsWashington$1,800,004
Danny ManningWake Forest$1,748,878
Josh PastnerGeorgia Tech$1,700,000
Chris MackXavier$1,668,930
Steve PikiellRutgers$1,600,000
Jim LarranagaMiami (Fla.)$1,526,735
Chris BeardTexas Tech$1,500,000
Jim ChristianBoston College$1,463,235
Chris CollinsNorthwestern$1,434,725
Tad BoyleColorado$1,420,183
Ernie KentWashington State$1,400,000
Greg McDermottCreighton$1,326,553
Mike RhoadesVirginia Commonwealth$1,200,000
Wyking JonesCalifornia$1,137,500
Mike BoyntonOklahoma State$1,010,870
David PadgettLouisville$800,000
Kermit DavisMiddle Tennessee$750,000
Brian DutcherSan Diego State$755,424
Tim CluessIona$511,145
Will BrownAlbany$362,000
Joe DooleyFlorida Gulf Coast$350,000
T.J. OtzelbergerSouth Dakota State$325,000
Kyle KellerStephen F. Austin$300,000
Mike DavisTexas Southern$250,000
Chris JansNew Mexico State$250,000

Why Do Men’s D1 NCAAB Coaches Make So Much Money Each Year?

You might be shocked at how much some of these guys make, but just remember how much money a basketball program can generate for a school.  A good team gets 20+ home games drawing 10,000 plus in attendance, buying tickets, paying for parking, and then emptying out the concession stands.  A bad team sees the seats half-empty.  Even average teams can afford millions of dollars to the coaching staffs.

It’s no surprise that the top conferences like the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12 litter the top of the list.  They have the biggest arenas and generate the most revenue.  Mid-majors though get addicted to winning, and they will do the best they can to hold on to someone who gives them hope of going to the tournament and competing every year.

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